If we’re going to do an assessment, we need something against which to measure ourselves. It only makes sense that we use a standard higher and better than ourselves. We have that in Jesus Christ. —
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Heb. 12:2)
Since He’s gone before us and did it all perfectly, what better example do we have? He experienced all the ups and downs along the way and joyfully endured for the greater good yet to come.
The Greek word used for “fixing our eyes” on Jesus includes “apo” meaning ‘from’, suggesting that we turn away from other things and concentrate or focus on Jesus alone. When thinking of doing assessments in the Church, that means we aren’t using a worldly measure for success and not even comparing ourselves to what other churches do. Rather, Christ is our standard. How does what we do measure up against Him?
Bible Verses about Christ as our Standard
We find many references in Scripture to Christ being our Standard — our example or pattern for all we do. Here are just a few:
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Rom. 8:29)
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Pet. 2:21)
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 Jn. 2:6)
As we will see in future posts, He is our Standard for:
Results of Using a Christ-like Standard in Assessments
One of the dangers of doing assessments in the church is that we make it all about us — what we did, what our strengths and weaknesses are, etc. In using a Christ-like standard in assessments, we need to keep it about Christ.
- not about self-promotion or bragging about ourselves … Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:31)
- not about self-condemnation or berating ourselves for our weaknesses … Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1); Then “… neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (Jn. 8:10-11)
Rather, we open ourselves for God to search and test us, to “see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23-24). The results of this kind of assessment should be to drive us more to our knees in prayer, submitting to Spirit’s work in our lives … not self-striving, self-determination, or self-improvement. We discern where we need to yield more to the HIS work in our lives so we accomplish HIS will to HIS glory.